Nov 9th 2014
Match Report by Elliott Philpot
On Sunday, Twickenham Sharks set off to try and win their second consecutive game against Whitton Wanderers. In the past this team had not proved a challenge and so I suppose it gave us Sharks the feeling this was going to be a breeze, but we were quite wrong!!! Being complacent is never a good idea. Whitton Wanderers were sitting at the bottom of the table and obviously had a point to prove against us.
The first half began, and just minutes in a long ball was played over our defence straight into a Whitton shirt who went on to chip our goalie Phin. We had yet again conceded early and had to come back from a 1-0 deficit. There was still pressure but we managed to not concede again and get back into the game. About half way through the second half Francis was in on goal and scored to make the game equal again and in favour with the momentum. We created more chances but weren’t so clinical in our shooting, which meant we went into the second half at 1-1. It was looking promising for us and we had the belief we could dominate this game into a comfortable lead. We realised the game was not going to be as easy as we had anticipated.
We started the second half well, controlling possession in the game. When we were in the box we tended to pass the ball too much and not just have a go ourselves. But soon after the ball was played to Ben. He took a shot from the left of the goal to beat the goalie and finally put us in the lead we deserved. We still went on and created more chances and the Whitton goalie pulled off some amazing saves to try and keep his team in the game. It wasn’t long, though, before we found the net again with Joe, who had missed his last few shots but went on to score this time in amazing fashion. Enrico, our goalie for the second half, did not have much to do but when he was called into action he proved to be a very skilful goalie.
The match finished 3-1 to Twickenham Sharks; however prior to the game we thought we would have a much higher score line to us. We learnt a valuable lesson not to underestimate our opponents!!!!